scru|pu|lous


scru|pu|lous
scru|pu|lous «SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective.
1. very careful to do what is right: »

a scrupulous man, scrupulous honesty.

SYNONYM(S): conscientious.
2. attending thoroughly to details; very careful: »

A soldier must pay scrupulous attention to orders.

[< Latin scrūpulus (see etym. under scruple (Cf.scruple)) + English -ous]
scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb.
scru´pu|lous|ness, noun.
Synonym Study 2 Scrupulous, punctilious mean very careful and exact. Scrupulous implies conscientious care in following what is considered correct, exact, or the like: »

a scholar's scrupulous regard for accuracy. She takes scrupulous care of the children's health.

Punctilious emphasizes strict and often excessive attention to an observance of fine points of laws, rules of conduct, or performance of duties: »

He is punctilious in returning borrowed books.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • scru´pu|lous|ly — scru|pu|lous «SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. 1. very careful to do what is right: »a scrupulous man, scrupulous honesty. SYNONYM(S): conscientious. 2. attending thoroughly to details; very careful: »A soldier must pay scrupulous attention to orders …   Useful english dictionary

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  • scru´pu|lous|ness — scru|pu|lous «SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. 1. very careful to do what is right: »a scrupulous man, scrupulous honesty. SYNONYM(S): conscientious. 2. attending thoroughly to details; very careful: »A soldier must pay scrupulous attention to orders …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|scru´pu|lous|ness — un|scru|pu|lous «uhn SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. not careful about right or wrong; without principles or conscience: »The unscrupulous boy cheated on the test. –un|scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb. –un|scru´pu|lous|ness, noun. Synonym Study Unscrupulous …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|scru´pu|lous|ly — un|scru|pu|lous «uhn SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. not careful about right or wrong; without principles or conscience: »The unscrupulous boy cheated on the test. –un|scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb. –un|scru´pu|lous|ness, noun. Synonym Study Unscrupulous …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|scru|pu|lous — «uhn SKROO pyuh luhs», adjective. not careful about right or wrong; without principles or conscience: »The unscrupulous boy cheated on the test. –un|scru´pu|lous|ly, adverb. –un|scru´pu|lous|ness, noun. Synonym Study Unscrupulous, unprincipled… …   Useful english dictionary

  • un·scru·pu·lous — …   Useful english dictionary

  • scru — in·scru·ta·ble; in·scru·ta·ble·ness; in·scru·ta·bly; per·scru·ta·tion; scru·pler; scru·pu·list; scru·pu·los·i·ty; scru·pu·lous; scru·pu·lous·ly; scru·pu·lous·ness; scru·ta·ble; scru·ta·tor; scru·ti·neer; scru·ti·nize; scru·ti·niz·er;… …   English syllables

  • lous — aceph·a·lous; achlo·ro·phyl·lous; acid·u·lous; acoe·lous; adac·ty·lous; am·moph·i·lous; am·phib·o·lous; am·phi·coe·lous; am·phi·con·dy·lous; an·e·moph·i·lous; an·gu·lous; an·iso·dac·ty·lous; an·iso·phyl·lous; anom·a·lous; anom·a·lous·ly;… …   English syllables

  • scru´ti|niz´ing|ly — scru|ti|nize «SKROO tuh nyz», transitive verb, nized, niz|ing. to examine closely; inspect carefully: »The jeweler scrutinized the diamond for flaws. But never before have so many citizens been scrutinized with suspicion (Scientific American).… …   Useful english dictionary


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